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United Way Presents 4th Annual Casino Night

Feeling lucky? United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd will hold their fourth annual Casino Night on Saturday, May 10th. The fundraiser will be held at the German Club Manor in Blacksburg, Virginia. Festivities begin at 7:00 pm and end at 11:30 pm.

Guests will enjoy live music, dancing, a full buffet that will feature items like a sushi station and mac n’cheese bar, cash bars, a photo booth, silent auction, black jack, Texas hold’ em, and roulette tables as well as a guest favorite, River City Horse Racing!

Some of this year’s prizes include: a Salsa 2013 Colossal road bike, a football and mini helmet autographed by coach Frank Beamer, two footballs autographed by current NFL, retired NFL and Virginia tech players, a VIP cellar tour and tasting for four at Attimo Winery, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, and much more. Last year’s lucky guests won over $10,000 worth of prizes – maybe this is your lucky year?” read more

All proceeds from this event will benefit the local human and health building efforts of United Way and the 26 local charities they support. These charities include the Free Clinic of the NRV, NR Family Shelter, Women’s Resource Center, Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the NRV, NRV CARES and many more.

Casino Night attire is formal so please come dressed to impress. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Check out our NEW website at www.unitedwaycasinonight.com and reserve your tickets today.

A special thank you to United Way’s Casino Night sponsors: 94.9 Star Country, Campus Automotive, AesirTech Consulting, Old Town Printing, Shelor Motor Mile and Edward Jones, Financial Advisor Jonathan Rosche. Sponsorship are still available, if you or anyone you know would like to sponsor this exciting event that helps our community building efforts, please contact us at (540) 381-2066.

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2014 Bill Roth Day

On Saturday, January 11th Cassell Coliseum had some special fans in the audience. 125 youth and their chaperons cheered on the Virginia Tech Men's basketball team for the annual Bill Roth's Kids Day event, partnered with United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd. This year marked the 12th year for the event which has nearly doubled in size over the past few years.

Participating partner agencies included; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia, New River Family Shelter, Girl Scouts VA Skyline Council, Intellectual Disabilities Agency, Boys and Girls Club, Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts (Blue Ridge Mountains Council.) All guests were give a ticket to the game, lunch with a milkshake, t-shirt, and a photo session with the Hokie Bird. read more

New River Valley Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Tim Reynolds stated, “We would like to thank Bill Roth and United Way for allowing us to take part in this wonderful event. January is Mentor Awareness month and this experience gave our matches a great opportunity to celebrate together. We had 30 individuals take advantage of the opportunity in our group alone. We enjoyed cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies and meeting the Hokie bird after the event. Many of our children were even able to get autographs from players, coaches and the Hokie Bird. Experiences like this one will forever be in the minds of these children and being on a college campus inspires them to imagine themselves there one day.”

Roth concluded, “There's something special, almost magical, about attending an ACC basketball game. It was wonderful to see kids, who otherwise might not have the chance to ever attend an ACC game in person, enjoy such a memorable day. We do our best to roll-out the red carpet and make each child feel special, and judging by the post game grins, it was a fantastic experience for each of them. This is a true team effort and we appreciate the continued support from Virginia Tech Athletics and Bull & Bones and all our United Way partner-agency representatives who served as chaperones for our group of very special young people."

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Toys from the Heart program a huge success!

United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd’s annual Toys from the Heart program was a huge success thanks to the generosity of donors throughout the New River Valley. This year with the help of several local businesses and nonprofits, United Way helped 435 families receive assistance this holiday season. Over 300 children received toys through our Toys from the Heart program and 435 people enjoyed a Christmas meal that included a turkey or ham with the assistance for our Holiday Meal Box program.

Toys from the Heart is a Christmas assistance program that serves families with children under the age of 18. The program ensures that families experiencing financial difficulties receive assistance during the winter holidays. Upon approval, families are able to shop for toys, sports equipment, school supplies, and personal items for their children. The program also offers families a live or artificial Christmas tree, the option to cut down a tree at a local tree farm, and a dinner box that includes all the holiday essentials, including a turkey or ham! read more

Marcela Jara, Programs Coordinator at United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd, expressed her gratitude for the program, “We sincerely appreciate each person who contributed. This program is about so much more than toys. It’s about a mother’s relief in knowing her community cares about her and her family when she has experienced a stressful and hard year. It’s about the feeling of knowing you are helping someone else. It’s about a child being able to enjoy Christmas and not be worried because they see their parents upset. It’s about the true meaning of the holiday season and making a difference.”

Toys from the Heart is a collaborative effort of several local nonprofits. New River Community Action and United Way conducted eligibility screenings throughout the NRV while Knights of Columbus maintained donated items and coordinated shopping efforts for participants.

United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd is extremely thankful for everyone who participated in this program; the Knights of Columbus, Toys for Tots, New River Community Action, Montgomery County Social Services, the Christmas Store, Belmont Christian Church, local businesses, churches, and community members that dropped off generous donations. Thank you for your generosity and making a difference in our community!

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